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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Federspiel, the middle of the three official categories of dry whites for which alcohol and minimum must weight are stipulated and that characterize Austria’s wachau—specifically from unchaptalized grapes of minimum 83 °oechsle, or 17 °kmw, and harbouring between 11 and 12.5% finished alcohol by volume. The name originates from falconry. See also steinfeder and smaragd.